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Tourism and Hospitality Management Students Gain Exposure at the Fijian Tourism Expo

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School of Tourism and Hospitality Management students Repeka and Lidia with the Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade and Acting Permanent Secretary for Public Enterprises and Tourism, Mr Shaheen Ali.

Tourism Fiji teamed up with The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) to secure two final year students as support staff during the Fijian Tourism Expo at the Denarau Convention Centre.

The two students, Repeka Levu and Lidia Batikolikoli, who are pursuing Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management programme, said that the event was an eye opener for them and allowed them to get to know and interact with domestic and international delegates. 

“We gained a lot of knowledge and experience about the tourism industry and enhanced more skills in networking,” Lidia said. 

Repeka added that, “we can now understand how beneficial it is to buyers and sellers to promote Fiji to the outside world, as a major tourism destination.” 

This partnership reinforces the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in April between USP and Fiji’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism which enables both organisations to work closely to maximise effective cooperation and efficiency. 

Head of STHM, Professor Marcus Stephenson said that he was pleased when Tourism Fiji made contact with the School because such an initiative provided a great opportunity for two of STHM’s students to gain valuable experience.

“We have a good relationship with Tourism Fiji and we intend to work towards more collaborative associations in the future,” Professor Stephenson added. 

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